Guidelines for the Fall 2021 Semester

Guidelines for the Fall 2021 Semester


General Guidelines on Campus

  • Students, faculty, and staff must show proof of vaccination before entering the campus. Any appeal for an exception must be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty. If granted an exemption from the Dean, such a person, either without vaccination or after the first dose of a two-dose vaccination, must submit a weekly PCR test in order to enter the campus. This requirement of a weekly PCR test applies until 10 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccination.
  • Masks are required in all spaces on campus, including in common areas (halls, bathrooms, computer lab, reading room) and classrooms. Those in the building are urged to practice social distancing and bear in mind proper hygiene such as frequent hand washing whenever possible.


What To Do If You Are Feeling Sick

  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. In order to assure your health and the health of others, as a matter of caution, you should isolate yourself. You should treat your symptoms and get plenty of rest. Peer mentor support is available upon request.
  • In such a case, you are asked to contact Dr. Labov and Dr. Adamson, who will alert your professors to the fact that you are staying home and should be excused from the class for the period of isolation.
  • Your professors have a number of options for keeping you up to speed with course materials and assignments, including ONE or more of the following:
    1. Zoom student into the class;
    2. Use zoom to record the class and send student a link to the recording, while making materials available via blackboard or email;
    3. Make teaching materials available via blackboard or email and contact student with specific instructions for keeping up with course material;
    4. Meet with student separately on zoom for a short period to answer questions or clarify;

Your professor will indicate to you exactly which option(s) they are choosing.

  • If you are experiencing any of the number of symptoms associated with Covid-19, including sore throat, a persistent cough, muscle pain, fever, fatigue, headaches, etc., then you should get a PCR test. For more information about how to do so, please see here.


What To Do If You Test Positive For Covid

  • If you test positive for Covid-19, you should self-isolate. You should do so for at least ten days or until you have a record of a negative PCR test.
  • If you are self-isolating, then a peer mentor will keep in touch with you. They will be in contact with you daily to make sure you are recovering and are not having any undue difficulties keeping up with your coursework.
  • While you are self-isolating, you have many options for how to order food and toiletries. Here are a few of the best.
  • In case of severe problems or concerns during self-isolation, please reach out to Dr. Labov and Dr. Adamson.
  • Self-isolation with Covid-19 can be stressful and disorienting; if you need to talk to someone, please note that our mental health counselor is available for appointments online. You can reach him at